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Orissa Textile Tour

Ikat-that gloriously woven, blurry edged. Gem-coloured design, in gorgeous yarn of silk and cotton has become synonymous with Orissa. Speaking eloquently of its old maritime linkages with Bali, the Ikat tradition of Orissa is the intricate process of Tie and Dye i.e. knotting selections of yarn before dipping them in separate colours one at a time and finally weaving them to produce one of the most delightful designs in multi-hued tones, in motifs drawn from the richness of nature, in threads both silken and gold. The Ikat technique is commonly known as BANDHA in Orissa. The double-ikat designs from Sambalpur are great buys as are the gold embroidered ones from Sonepur. The Bomkai ikats have motifs drawn from the Shakti Cult. The weavers of Orissa are class by themselves. They have been known far and wide for the intricate and painstaking skill exhibited in their fabrics.

chandua Tusser silk - produced from non-mulberry silk fabric is the famous nubby hand-reeled fabric in nature tones.

Tribal Textiles
Each tribal community has separate mode of living and they differ significantly in their dress, ornaments, skill in building houses, and moreover in their way of life. This difference in their life is clearly discernible from their material culture, art objects from the paintings and drawings and also from the size and shapes of different objects that they use. To the tribal, dress is a cultural need and it is also a part of their tradition.

Among the tribals the use of dress is very significant and worthwhile. The tribals do not use dress just merely to hide their colorfulness rather it reflects the racial feeling and their cultural identity. The tribals use separate costumes at the time of festivals and ceremonies. In a specific tribe the dresses from birth to old age has immense variety. The costumes of the male members of the tribe and the females are also different. It is a fact that the female community pays more attention in covering their body. In some tribal communities the women folk want their male partners to be dressed elegantly and impressively. A tribal woman also wears a variety of dresses from her birth to death corresponding to different stages of her life. For instance, a Dhangedi(a maiden) adorns with fine clothes to attract the attention of others while the Gurumai, the priestess wears formal clothes to worship the goddess for the betterment of her community. Dress also helps them in many adversities and also helps to propitiate gods and goddesses who safeguard them against the malevolent atrocities of the ghosts, spirits, etc.

The tribals also use dress according to the position of individual in the society like the clan's head, the priest, and the revenue collector etc. The dress that they use at the time of marriage, birth, death, worship etc. is also different. They use dresses keeping in view the occasion, age, sex and other factors. For example, the priest does not use the normal dress at the time of worship. And again at the time of dancing they dress in a very attractive manner. And the dancing costume has also special significance. They also wear dresses in different styles. While dressing they also keep in their mind the surroundings. They also think of their convenience and inconvenience while dressing themselves for an occasion. Especially they do not like to dress very pompously at the time of any work. But when they go for shopping to the near by market place or to visit any fair or festival they dress themselves quite exuberantly and exquisitely.

Different tribal communities use different kind of dresses, differing in their color and size. Their dresses are designed keeping in view their necessity and their surrounding. The socio-cultural and the religious views of the tribals slightly contribute for the variety in their dresses.
A Trip to the textile belt of Orissa is something to be discovered with its magnificent countryside friendly people and traditional welcome.
Option:: 1 (4 days/ 3 nights) Day-1:: BHUBANESWAR-NUAPATNA-SAMBALPUR
Early morning proceed to Nuapatna. This village with many co-operatives of weavers, where centuries of tradition woven into fabric. The weavers of this village are a class by themselves. Their TIE & DYE patterns popularly known as 'IKAT' you can watch all the steps of Ikat Bandha. As per the tradition they weave in silk. Tasser, ERI silk and also you will be able to follow its way from silk cocoons until the finished fabric. Later continue drive to Sambalpur O/N. Total Km: 320 Km. Driving Time: 6/7 Hrs.

Day 2:: SAMBALPUR-BARPALI-BARAGADA-BOLANGIR
Early morning proceed to Barpali, one of the best silk and cotton weavers village, there the master craftsman best known Tasser Silk weaver, will speak you about Ikat Technique. The entire village is one of the biggest weaver villages of Orissa and you will discover and feel the reality of old weaves here. Later proceed to Bolangir, on the way visit some more textile villages. (Total Distance-200 Km. Driving total time-4/5 Hrs + Visit).

wood craft Day-3:: BOLANGIR-SAGARPALI-SONEPUR-BOLANGIR
Morning drive to Sagarpalli to visit weaving factory (Silk & cotton). Here you will get the idea of design developments, weaving, processing and mode of training you will also visit some houses, where they make JALLA work. Proceed to Sonepur you will visit master craftsman. Specially to watch the best natural lying process ingredients, traditional designs with script in fabrics. Also visit the pocket loom etc. Overnight Balangir. (Total Distance-190 Km, driving Time 4/5 hours + visit).

Day-4:: BOLANGIR-BHUBANESWAR
Return to Bhubaneswar, through lovely countryside, villages of some local Tribes. (Total Distance-300 KMs , driving Time-7 Hrs).

Option:: 2 (8 days/7 nights) Day 1:: Bhubaneswar.
Arrive Bhubaneswar. Meeting & assistance at Airport & transfer to hotel.

Day-2:: BHUBANESWAR-NUAPATNA-BHUBANESWAR
A full day trip to Nuapatna area. Villages with many Co-operatives of weavers where countries of tradition woven into fabric. The weavers of this village are a class by themselves and have been known far & wide for the intricate, painstaking skills exhibited in their fabrics. Their TIE & DYE patterns popularly known as 'IKAT'. This technique commonly known as 'Bandha'. We will see all the steps of the Ikat Bandha. As per the tradition they weave in Silk Tasser, Eri Silk and also we will be able to follow its way from cocoons until the finished fabric. Ater drive back to Bhubaneswar through lovely countryside.

Day-3:: BHUBANESWAR-OLASING-BOUDH
After early breakfast, proceed to Olasing, one of the famous village for Tasser weaving in traditional way. The whole villagers are working on the above field and really a very nice place to watch all kind of activities. Later proceed to Boudh though zigzag road with forest. You will met few craftsman on the way like, basket maker, leaf plate makers and also visit Typical Orissan Villages. Overnight Guest House/Govt.Bunglow.

Day-4:: BOUDH-SAGARPALLI-SONEPUR-BOLANGIR
Morning drive to Sagarpalli to visit Weaving Factory (Silk & Cotton). Here you will get the idea of Design Development, Weaving, Processing and mode of training. You will also visit some houses where they make JALLA work. Proceed to Sonepur. Here you will visit Master Craftsman specially to see the best natural lying process, ingredients, traditional design with Script in fabrics also visit the Pocket loom etc. Proceed Bolangir. Overnight Hotel at Balangir.

walnut wood craft Day-5:: BOLANGIR-BARPALI-BARAGADA-SAMBALPUR
After B/F proceed to Barpali, one of the best Silk and Cotton weaver's village, there the master Craftsman best known Tassar Silk Weaver, will speak us about the above related activities. and you will see the famous Sarees in exotic design named as Bichitrapuri (Wonder World). Kotibramhanda Sundari (The most beautiful among million) and many others. Afternoon proceed to Sambalpur, this place is very famous for Dress materials with IKAT motifs on cotton Tassar and Bapta with Jalla materials. Overnight in Hotel.

Day-6:: SAMBALPUR-GONASIKA-KEONJHAR
The wild/Tasser and Silk production centre be the highlight of this day. As you will be entering into the tribal land, now all sets are completely different from the general. You will also visit some of the Tribal Highland. Overnight in Hotel Keonjhar.

Day-7:: KEONJHAR-BANSAPAL-KEONJHAR
To day you will visit the weekly and interesting Tribal Market. Here you will find different and very colorful hand weaves Sarees and many different kind of Thread being used for the weaving. Also you will visit some more Tribal villages. Return Hotel O/N.

Day-8:: KEONJHAR-DHENKKOT-FAKIRPUR-CUTTACK-BHUBANESWAR
Today you will visit the Tasser reeling, Spinning, production cum demonstration center, till arriving in the old Capital of Orissa, Cuttack. This place is very famous for SILVER filigree work in whole world. Later Drive to Bhubaneswar

Option -3 (5 nights/3 days) Day 1:: Bhubaneswar.

Arrive Bhubaneswar. Meeting & assistance at Airport & transfer to hotel.

Day-2:: BHUBANESWAR-OLASING-BOUDH

After early breakfast, proceed to Olasing, one of the famous village for Tasser weaving in traditional way. The whole villagers are working on the above field and really a very nice place to watch all kind of activities. Later proceed to Boudh though zigzag road with forest. You will met few craftsman on the way like, basket maker, leaf plate makers and also visit Typical Orissan Villages. Overnight Guest House/Govt.Bunglow.

Day-3:: BOUDH-SAGARPALLI-SONEPUR-BOLANGIR

Morning drive to Sagarpalli to visit Weaving Factory (Silk & Cotton). Here you will get the idea of Design Development, Weaving, Processing and mode of training. You will also visit some houses where they make JALLA work. Proceed to Sonepur. Here you will visit Master Craftsman specially to see the best natural lying process, ingredients, traditional design with Script in fabrics also visit the Pocket loom etc. Proceed Bolangir. Overnight Hotel at Balangir.

Day-4:: BOLANGIR-BARPALI-BARAGADA-SAMBALPUR

After B/F proceed to Barpali, one of the best Silk and Cotton weaver's village, there the master Craftsman best known Tassar Silk Weaver, will speak us about the above related activities. and you will see the famous Sarees in exotic design named as Bichitrapuri (Wonder World). Kotibramhanda Sundari (The most beautiful among million) and many others. Afternoon proceed to Sambalpur, this place is very famous for Dress materials with IKAT motifs on cotton Tassar and Bapta with Jalla materials. Overnight in Hotel.

Day-5:: SAMBALPUR- NUAPATNA- CUTTACK - BHUBANESWAR

A full day trip to Nuapatna area. Villages with many Co-operatives of weavers where countries of tradition woven into fabric. The weavers of this village are a class by themselves and have been known far & wide for the intricate, painstaking skills exhibited in their fabrics. Their TIE & DYE patterns popularly known as 'IKAT'. This technique commonly known as 'Bandha'. We will see all the steps of the Ikat Bandha. As per the tradition they weave in Silk Tasser, Eri Silk and also we will be able to follow its way from cocoons until the finished fabric.

Later arriving in the old Capital of Orissa, Cuttack. This place is very famous for SILVER filigree work in whole world. Later Drive to Bhubaneswar. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 6:: DEPARTURE TRANSFER.